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IRT JULES VERNE

Organisation

Upper Organization:

Type: Private research centre

 

Address

Chemin du Chaffault
44340 Bouguenais
France
 

Contacts

 

 
Marie WEISS
This is the SME contact person

Key Enabling Technologies Activities

Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0
Robotics / Human machine interaction
Process industry (processing of novel materials, structures, etc.)
Monitoring and control
Additive manufacturing
High-performance production (flexibility, productivity, precision and zero defect)
High performance materials (strong, light weight, resistant)
Dual-use Activities: 
No

Technology Readiness Levels

TRL 3: Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4: Technology validated in lab
TRL 5: Technology validated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 6: Technology demonstrated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 7: System prototype demonstration in operational environment

Market Sectors

Aeronautics & space
Automotive / transportation
Energy
Production technology (machinery / equipment / automation)

Description

Since March 2012, IRT JULES VERNE is a mutualized R&D institute dedicated to advanced manufacturing technologies. It is one of eight institutes for technological research that have been established by the French government to enhance the country’s attractiveness and competitiveness.

This unique IRT dedicated to manufacturing, based in Nantes, is central to the Loire Valley Region’s economic strategies. Driven by industry needs on mid and long-term market trends, IRT Jules Verne embraces the industrial, scientific and technological challenges that concern five strategic industries (aeronautics, shipbuilding, automotive, energy and advanced manufacturing equipment).

It aims at boosting industrialization and bringing innovation to the factory floor by providing solutions to the technological challenges facing industrial segments, e.g. the design and implementation of advanced breakthrough technologies for manufacturing and production engineering. Its research programme focuses on three major areas of development:

• integrated product / process design,

• innovative processes,

• adaptive and smart manufacturing systems.

In order to foster a cross-fertilization of ideas, IRT Jules Verne develops a shared forwardlooking vision, implements shared strategic roadmaps, pool resources, and brings crossdisciplinary partners together (academics and small and medium-sized companies). More than 80 ongoing projects are led by IRT Jules Verne with its partners, including 5 european projects (FP7 / HORIZON 2020).

IRT Jules Verne benefits from being in the only growing industrial region in France having set manufacturing technologies as a top smart specialization. The Region especially ensures great complementarity support through the efficient use of the structural funds. Furthermore, the EMC2 competitiveness cluster enables fast and direct connections to regional and national SMEs in the field of manufacturing engineering as well as European deep networking capabilities.

Equipment

PROCESSING OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS

Composite workshop 1300m²

  • 1300 tons robotised injection moulding machine with bi-injection + infrared oven
  • 200 tons robotised vertical press + infrared oven
  • 300 litres 2k thermoset injection machine
  • Induction welding robot for thermoplastic composites
  • TFP (Tailored Fiber Placement) machine

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

About 200m² of workshop

  • 3D laster printers: metal/polymer powder
  • 3D binder jetting printer: sand/ceramic
  • 3D wire/filament printers: TIG, MIG, FFF
  • Metal materials : aluminium, titanum, steel, etc...
  • Other materials: PEEK and PEKK polymers reinforced with short carbon fiber, etc...

ROBOTICS / COBOTICS

About 800m² of workshop

  • Cobot arms
  • Omni-directional mobile platforms
  • Welding robots
  • Geolocation sensors
  • Cable-driven parallel robot (7m x 4m x 3m)

SIMULATION / CHARACTERISATION

  • Large multi-actuator bench for static and fatigue tests
  • Metrology
  • Process control, NDT & SHM
  • Simulation platform

Services

PROCESSING OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS

  • Support the deployment of new methods for shaping composite materials:
    • Thermoplastics: injection, over-moulding, stamping
    • Thermosets: RTM, infusion
  • Design of multi-material structures, functionalisation

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

  • Topological optimisation
  • Redesign of parts
  • Development or process parameters

ROBOTICS / COBOTICS

  • Control of robots and mobile platforms
  • Design and deployment of mobility solutions in industrial environments
  • Enhancing workstation ergonomics & operator assistance

SIMULATION / CHARACTERISATION

  • Development and characterisation of material behaviour properties
  • Simulation and optimisation of manufacturing processes
  • Reliability and tolerance analysis
  • Simulation of structures under operational conditions and experimental validation
  • Evaluation and analysis of damage mechanisms
  • Noise and vibration control of structures

FIND OUT MORE:

Website in English: https://www.irt-jules-verne.fr/industrial-research-institute/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/irtjulesverne?lang=fr

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/irt-jules-verne

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IRTJulesVerne

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IRT-Jules-Verne-205474196160463/

Service for Industry and SMEs: 
Yes